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Students from Bogota, Colombia taking Coastal courses

July 28, 2000

Twenty-seven students from Bogota, Colombia, are participating in a summer cooperative work-study program which has been established by the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University, Burroughs and Chapin Co., Inc., and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, a prestigious Jesuit university located in Bogota. The students arrived in June and will return to Bogota in late August.

The program allows the students to work as interns at several sites along the Grand Strand while taking Coastal summer school courses at the Burroughs and Chapin Center for Excellence in Myrtle Beach. Some of the students are enrolled in a business statistics course, which is being taught by Joe Parker, instructor of mathematics and statistics at Coastal. Other courses, such as international marketing and business English, were completed during Summer I session.

"A major benefit of the program is that it allows the students to earn academic credit while working in the tourism industry, but perhaps more importantly, the program allows the students to see firsthand how American businesses operate," said James Eason, associate dean of Coastal's Wall College of Business Administration. "The students performed well during Summer I and had a rewarding experience, and I think the success of this program will open the door for other similar programs with students from abroad in future years."